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Showtime: 21 November 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011
I bought a Showtime 35mm adapter last year and tested it a couple of time. Due to lack of time, I had to put it aside and concentrate more on digiscoping during guiding assignments. I must admit my photos and videos are not up to the standard shown by the group of Showtime owner in Taiwan, but frankly I felt this adapter has its potential despite some disadvantages of using it in the field.

This morning i decided to bring it along for work, so that I can take a few shots through Canon Legria HF200. When I arrived at the park, most of the birds are high up on the tree with sun against me. Then, a White-throated Kingfisher flew past me and perched on the wire. Ok, time to test the photo mode on the camcorder. Below is the result with the original size 2304 x 1296 pixel reduced to 780 x 400 pixel. After resizing, I added the auto-contrast and USM (Amount 80% / Radius 0.3 pixels). The photo editing workflow is done with Photoshop CS (yes...still using the old version since my 3 years old netbook cannot support the new version).



The following photo is taken with the Canon Legria HF200 attached to Omicron 80ED Harrier spotting scope just to show comparison of the results. I used the remote control to snap both photo to reduce vibration.



Here is a shot taken last month in Melaka with the 35mm Showtime + Canon HF200.

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About Me

I'm a bird watcher, digiscoper, photographer and a licensed nature guide. Welcome to my 'A Malaysian Birder' blog. I will post my bird sightings and photographs on this blog. I started bird watching while studying in university. After graduating with a degree in forestry specializing in parks and recreation management, I have been attached to the parks and gardens industry. My past work experiences involve conducting environmental education program, bird watching and many more.

Bird Watching Tours

There are quite a number of birding groups from Australia, United States and United Kingdom that come over to Malaysia annually visiting the traditional key sites that include Kuala Selangor, Fraser's Hill and Taman Negara. There is not doubt that the 3 sites are the preferred birding sites in Peninsular Malaysia. So if you are coming over for birding and intend to hire a guide, you can send me an email at nature2pixel@gmail.com and go over to posting section to view photos and summary of trip reports with testimonials from past clients.

Besides following the traditional route, I also customized trip according to clients needs, preference and interests. So there are some local patches that I can introduce to all bird watchers, digiscopers and photographers.

Equipment

I use a spotting scope from Omicron for my bird guiding trips and digiscoping. You can get more information from their website at http://omicron-optics.com The spotting scope is placed on a Feisol tripod and Manfrotto 701 video head. This is an ideal setup for me due to its light weight. A customized eyepiece adapter to my Nikon P5100 was fabricated by Cheang Kum Seng from Ipoh, Perak. Very useful during my guiding trips because I get to take photos of birds sighted and post them on my Nature2pixel website. Binocular is the most essential tools for bird watching and guiding. I used to have a Minox 8x42 but have given it to a friend since I upgraded to Nikon 8x42 Monarch. Update: May 2014 - Could be time for me to upgrade to a Kowa 10x42 BD XD which is more compact? I came across this website showing a review of the Nikon D4S at http://www.aaronstours.com

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